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The Guardian

Alan Titchmarsh: the joy of Christmas carols

Carols such as Away in a Manger and God Rest You Merry, Gentlemen make Christmas – and we have John Rutter to thank

The Independent

Christmas 2014: ‘Silent Night’ named nation’s favourite carol

The carol ousted long-running favourite ‘O Holy Night’ from the top spot

BBC Music Magazine

The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge performs ‘Hark! The Herald Angels Sing’

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International Arts Manager

New prize for young classical musicians

Warner Music Group has announced the creation of the Warner Music Prize, a new award to be given to a classical musician aged 18-35 ‘who demonstrates exceptional talent and promise, regardless of any label affiliation’.

Classic FM Online

Pierre Boulez awarded Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award

Conductor and composer Pierre Boulez will be honoured with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 57th GRAMMY Awards on 7 February 2015.

Pizzicato

Orchestersterben in Italien geht weiter

Vier italienische Orchester wurden in den letzten zwei Jahren liquidiert

Klassik.com

Mailand: Wer zu spät kommt, wartet nun doch im Foyer

Intendant Pereira rudert nach Protest der Pünktlichen zurück

Concerti

Der schöne Glanz der Vergangenheit

Schein oder Sein? Ungarns Regierung lässt in Budapest die Pracht der k.u.k.-Monarchie neu erblühen – das lockt Kulturtouristen an

Codex Flores

Bilanz 13/14 des Zürcher Opernhauses

Das Opernhaus Zürich hat in der Saison 13/14 330 Vorstellungen präsentiert, die 233‘021 Eintritte generiert haben.

El Mundo

Adjudicado el decorado del Teatro Real para el caballero de la esquina

La segunda edición de la subasta de objetos de vestuario y ‘atrezzo’ del Teatro Real de Madrid se salda con el 75% de las piezas vendidas.

Twitter

Guardian Classical @GdnClassical: Tim Ashley’s introduction to opera: Politics http://gu.com/p/44bbc 

Classicalite @Classicalite: The Gershwin Hotel Updates Facade and Renames to #TheEvelyn, Remembers Art and Music Past http://www.classicalite.com/articles/13615/20141222/gershwin-hotel-updates-facade-renames-evelyn-remembers-art-music-past.htm?exe=reporter …

Klassik.com @klassikcom: Bariton Wolfgang Koch als Kammersänger ausgezeichnet http://klassik.com/?G662J  #Oper #Gesang #Bariton

Skyline of Budapest photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

Skyline of Budapest
photo: Hungarian National Tourist Office (via concerti)

(Written on December 23, 2014 )

Every day the WildKat team scan the newspapers and blogs online to bring you a digested list of the day’s classical music.

Gramophone Blogs

500 years of St. Johns College, Cambridge

Andrew Nethsingha looks to the future as The Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge marks the 500th anniversary of the College.

Gramophone News

Tears as Helsinki Philharmonic plays Sibelius’ Eighth fragments

Extraordinary scenes as composer’s own orchestra plays controversial sketches for the first time.

The Guardian -Tom Service

Leif Segerstam: weird and wonderful symphonic master

Maverick, eccentric? Words can’t describe this prolific Finnish composer – which probably explains his symphonies’ titles.

The Telegraph

ENO’s new Eugene Onegin is a great show: shame about the casting though.

Eugene Onegin is the perfect opera in search of the perfect production, which it rarely gets. I’ve seen some stinkers in my time – including the infamous Brokeback Mountain staging in Munich several years ago, which transformed Lensky and Onegin into cowboy lovers and the grand ball in St Petersburg into a nightclub dance routine done by all-male chorus line in big hats, boots, and little else.

The Times

Takács Quartet: Haydn String Quartets

Nothing in Haydn is innocuous. This isn’t music for multi-taskers: the more closely you listen, the more gripping and mischievous it becomes…

 

(Written on November 18, 2011 )

This November sees the launch of a 12 day UK tour for Ivor Bolton conducting the Salzburg Mozarteum Orchestra. The tour begins on the 17th November, with the first performance at St David’s Hall in Cardiff.

The 91-strong orchestra builds on the inspirational artistic leadership of principal conductor Ivor Bolton (appointed in 2004), whose musical versatility and high artistic standard has earned him engagements with leading orchestras, opera companies and baroque ensembles worldwide. He is one of the most highly acclaimed and internationally active British conductors. Ivor regularly appears at opera houses around the world including Covent Garden, Madrid, Paris and New York.

Pianist Freddy Kempf will be the soloist throughout this tour. Freddy Kempf is one of today’s most successful pianists, performing to sell-out audiences all over the world. He has built a unique reputation both as an explosive and physical performer not afraid to take risks as well as a serious, sensitive and profoundly musical artist.

TOUR DATES AND VENUES:

17 November - St David’s Hall, Cardiff

18 November - Corn Exchange, Cambridge

19 November - St George’s Hall, Bradford

20 November - The Sands Centre, Carlisle

21 November - Venur Cymru, Llandudno

22 November - City Hall, Hull

23 November - Town Hall, Middlesbrough

25 November - Cadogan Hall, London (sold out!)

26 November - Warwick Arts Centre, Warwick

27 November - City Hall, Sheffield

28 November - Cliffs Pavillion, Southend

For more information, visit Ivor Bolton’s website, facebook page and twitter.

(Written on November 1, 2010 )